Sugar may not technically cause cavities, but it sure doesn’t help you to maintain healthy teeth. The bacteria – Streptococcus mutans – which actually do cause tooth decay love sugar. Any food which contains large amounts of sucrose will increase acid production, creating larger amounts of sticky plaque. Plaque is a biofilm which clings to your teeth. If you don’t clean your teeth, after about 48 hours, plaque will turn into tartar. Tartar is the consistency of cement and collects at your gumline, creating inflammation and gum disease. You probably already have a pretty firm grasp on which foods to avoid. On the other hand Sheridan, WY dentist, Dr. Donald Coon would like to suggest some dietary additions which can help you attain good dental health.
A Side of Veggies, Hold the Steam
The nutritional reputation of vegetables is well earned. Raw vegetables require plenty of chewing which increases your salivary production. Excess saliva aids in the elimination of bacteria and food particles in your mouth. Ample salivary production also neutralizes acid. Plaque is a mixture of acid, food debris, and bacteria. Before it hardens into tartar, it can be relatively easy to clean off of your teeth. Beyond brushing and flossing, munching on raw vegetables provides a fibrous, sugar-free way of cleaning your mouth. Some of the best raw veggies for a natural teeth cleaning are:
Dairy Good for your Teeth
Large quantities of cheese or ice cream are delicious, but full of saturated fat. If you can resist a binge on the most calorically dense of the dairy products and instead stick to reasonable portions, small amounts of dairy will strengthen teeth. Cheese helps maintain a healthy pH level ensuring that acid is neutralized before it can damage your smile. Cheddar, Swiss, brie, Gouda, and even processed American cheese are high in calcium which protects and coats your bone-like teeth.
Visit your Sheridan, WY Dentist
Are you concerned with your dental health? Visit Dr. Coon to consult about any troubled areas in your smile. Contact Grinnell Street Dental in Sheridan, WY at (307) 672-7567 to schedule your appointment.